Indian Policy &Procedures Committee
Art by Barbara Pearce, KHS Indian Arts InstructorThe Purpose Of IPPC:Title 20 of the United States Code mandates that school districts receiving Impact Aid Funds have a policy ensuring all parents and community members, including federally recognized tribes, have the opportunity to submit their views and engage in active consultation relating to the district's education and cocurricular programs.Under the No Child Left Behind Act, it is the law's intent to encourage the maximum participation by American Indian/Alaskan Natives in the planning and management of American Indian/Alaska Native education programs. The school Board will provide an opportunity for all parents and community members, including the federally recognized tribes, to be meaningfully involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of each school's educational and cocurricular programs.IPPC Members:
David Timmerman , School Board Robert Williams, Student Misty Archibald, School Board Dorian Dundas, At-Large Member Lee Wallace, Organized Village of Saxman Sonya Skan, Ketchikan Indian Community
2014 Indian Policy and Procedure Committee Recommendations:Adopted by the School Board on July 16, 2014
#1: The KGBSD Superintendent (along with relevant staff) should meet quarterly with KIC, OVS, and a representative from KGBSD Board of Education to assess the current state of education as it pertains to Native Alaskan/American Indian students. Maintain collaboration between the School District and local tribes, and in addition have a single designated point of contact for communication.
#2: Increase the amount of Alaska Native culture (with emphasis on Southeast Alaska) taught in our schools. Whether it is daily or weekly, there needs to be a stronger connection between Native Alaska Culture and our KGBSD curriculum, starting at an early age and continuing through graduation from high school. Realizing that this could incur costs, many avenues should be considered including grants, volunteers and cooperative efforts from KIC, OVS, ANB/ANS, Native artists, Tribal Elders, etc.
#3: Greater emphasis on celebrating/observing National American Indian &Alaska Native Heritage Month every November and Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, February 16. This can be tied into curriculum as well, and should be celebrated district wide. Assemblies, art projects, and performances by native dance groups are just some of the possible activities.
#4: Native Alaskan Cultural training/orientation for all teachers and relevant staff every year---not just for new/incoming teachers. Offer optional teacher training regarding Native education opportunities.
#5: Examine differences in method & outcome in instruction for Native & non-Native children as reported by the administrators of the schools.
#6: Conduct parent orientations during educational points of transition, i.e. before entering Middle School after 6th grade and before entering High School after 8th grade.
#7: Examine data from the IEA preschool program.
#8: Improve the connection between the District website and the Native community and potentially maintain a web page centered on communication.
#9: Explore and communicate opportunities for students to earn credit through participation in culturally relevant programs.
#10: Emphasize methods of reducing chronic absenteeism in Parents As Teachers preschool program.